Posted: October 7, 2014
TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.
The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.
Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.
“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.
Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.
Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.
Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.
Posted: October 6, 2014
San Francisco-based rock band Train offered a different take of Bulletproof Picasso lead single “Angel in Blue Jeans” when they performed on the Honda Stage, a new platform created to discover and share music.
Watch the stripped-down version in the clip below.
Posted: October 6, 2014
In this Acoustic Guitar Session, Grammy-nominated bluesman Eric Bibb talks about his development as a musician, shares a piece of advice he received from Bob Dylan and performs “Turner Station” from latest album Jericho Road. For the number, Bibb relied on his “Gretsch (Jim) Dandy to the rescue model,” which he found on Haight Street in San Francisco only hours before the session.
Posted: October 3, 2014
In this video clip, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson and Gretsch’s Chris Fleming discuss the Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher.
Posted: October 2, 2014
Punk stalwarts Rancid have offered up a sampler video featuring three new songs to announce their upcoming eighth studio album, …Honor Is All We Know, due out Oct. 27.
The black-and-white clip features the quartet playing “Collision Course,” “Honor Is All We Know” and “Evil’s My Friend.”
Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz produced the new album, which marks Rancid’s first since 2009′s Let the Dominoes Fall.
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